Empowering and employing the City of Johannesburg’s ICT Youth

Empowering and employing the City of Johannesburg’s ICT Youth

City of Johannesburg has embarked on making 1000 of its Youth commercially employable in the ICT sector. The city will be developing 1000 innovative young IT minds through the City’s Digital Intern Programme C.O.J.E.D.I (City of Johannesburg Educating Digital Intern programme)

The first cohorts of 260 students are currently undergoing a concentrated detailed 4 month technical training programme. Mr. ZolaniMatebese, the head of broadband at the City of Johannesburg, says that the City’s investment is significant not only in terms of financial outlay, but that it has significant potential to transform the lives of the interns and people in the city.

“The unemployment rate among youth aged 15 to 34 increased from 32.7% to 36.1% between 2008 and 2014,” according to the latest Stats SA report on national and provincial labour market trends among the youth.  Youth month highlights the great importance of youth in the economy as well as the need to continuously uplift and create employment for South African youth.

The programme has partnered with FiberCo,Microsoft, Cisco, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and Nunnovation Africa Foundation to UPSKILL and trains these students as part of the solution to combating youth unemployment.

During the month of June, Youth Month, the COJEDI programme will be profiling some of the students showcasing the real tangible change that the programme has on the youth in the programme. The campaign will showcase the #FacesOfCOJEDI across all social media, and media platforms.

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Notes to the Editor

About the COJEDI programme :The COJEDI Project was initiated by the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality in January 2015 as part of the foundation phase of developing a smart city. The strategy is to recruit and train 1000 of the City’s brightest young information technology (IT) minds to be part of the new digital intern programme. The project will support the Gauteng infrastructure investment programme launched by the Premier focusing in the area of ICT and broadband. These learners are carefully selected to ensure that they meet the minimum requirements of Matric or a related qualification. This entire programme is 10months long and is striving to place all students in employments or entrepreneurship opportunities

For more information contact Yasmine Kazadi. Email: yasmine@knmconsulting.co.za Mobile: 072 082 2681

 

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